The Motivational Mix: Exploring how Drivers Connect (and Conflict)

Understanding your motivations is an eye-opening experience. While most of us think we have a pretty good handle on what makes us tick, true self-awareness is actually quite challenging to achieve. So sitting down with the results from a deeply personal psychometric like the Individual Directions Inventory™ often leads to some pretty major “aha” moments. Looking at your profile – especially your particularly high or low scores – can start to put they why behind a lot of your life’s patterns, preferences, and assumptions. It’s powerful.

But looking at each of those scores individually won’t really tell you a person’s story. Think of an IDI profile as a Georges Seurat painting – each dot serves an important purpose, but to get the whole rich, complex picture, you need to step back and look at what those dots do together.

Motivations don’t exist in a vacuum. They interact with each other, in ways that can be reinforcing – emphasizing and enhancing some of our patterns – and in ways that can be conflictingpossibly confusing those around us, and even confusing ourselves. In this video, MRG I/O Psychologist Andrew Rand discusses motivational interactions and the new way they’re presented in the Career & Motivation Report. He also explores an example of reinforcing motivations and conflicting motivations and how they can show up in the workplace.

Do you have questions or interactions you’d like one of our MRG experts to explore? Let us know!

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Lucy is the Head of Marketing at MRG. She's a passionate people person who talks with her hands even when she's on the phone. She will not rest until everyone on earth has taken their IDI.

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